Predominantly a Hindu festival, Vasant Panchami marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. In West Bengal, the day is celebrated as Saraswati Puja, where people offer prayers to Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom.
When Is Basant Panchmi 2020 Celebrated
|Vasant Panchami||Thursday, 30 January 2020||West Bengal|
How Basant Panchami Saraswati Puja Celebrated?
On this day, children offer prayers to goddess Saraswati hoping to excel in the field of studies, arts and crafts, sports, and the like. Most schools are closed on this day as the puja rituals include the offering of pens, pencils, and notebooks to Saraswati for blessings.
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Wearing saree is a common practice that is followed on this day. Many schools and colleges observe this day by worshipping an idol of the goddess. After the puja is over, prasad is offered to the students and their family members followed by a delicious meal. Kesar Halwa and Khichdi are some of the delicacies that are served on Vasant Panchami. Students flock to their respective schools and colleges to participate in this festival. A plethora of cultural events take place on this day.
It also marks the harvest time of the mustard crop and hence there’s a special significance of the colour yellow. Women dress up in yellow attire and traditional sweets that are yellow in colour are served.
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